Breeders’ Cup, NBC Release 2018 ‘Win And You’re In’ Television Schedule

The Breeders’ Cup and NBC Sports Group today announced the 2018 “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In, presented by America’s Best Racing” television schedule, consisting of 11 live programs featuring a star-studded lineup of more than 20 automatic qualifying races, and other major stakes, from seven of the nation’s premier racetracks on the road to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

Now in its fifth year on NBC and NBCSN, the series showcases the top horses as they vie for a coveted spot in the 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs on November 2-3, which will also be televised live by the NBC Sports Group.

The 2018 “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In, presented by America’s Best Racing” begins on Belmont Stakes Day, June 9, with the Metropolitan Handicap (G1), the Ogden Phipps (G1) and the Jaipur Invitational (G2) live from Belmont Park, and continues with live telecasts of American fixtures throughout the summer including the Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) at Churchill Downs which is the first of five televised qualifying races for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic. Following the Foster, NBC and NBCSN will provide live coverage of the Haskell Invitational (G1) from Monmouth Park; the Arlington Million (G1) from Arlington International Racecourse; the Whitney (G1), the Travers Stakes (G1) and the Woodward (G1) from Saratoga Race Course; and the Awesome Again (G1) from Santa Anita Park. The televised series will conclude in October with the Shadwell Turf Mile (G1) and Juddmonte Spinster (G1) from Keeneland Race Course. The 2017 Horse of the Year, Gun Runner, captured the Stephen Foster, Whitney and Woodward prior to winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1).

The complete Challenge Series television schedule can be viewed here.

New this year, Breeders’ Cup is providing an “Add to Calendar” feature that allows fans to easily add the complete Breeders’ Cup Challenge and Championships NBC Sports television schedule to their calendar. The calendar will automatically provide broadcast reminders including tune-in information and NBC and NBCSN channel numbers specific to fans’ locations and cable providers. Fans can click here for more information and to add to their calendar now.

The Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series coverage on NBC and NBCSN will be live streamed on and the NBC Sports app.

“We are proud to work with NBC Sports to provide our fans with outstanding racing action and in depth analysis of the best Thoroughbreds competing for automatic berths into the World Championships,” said Craig Fravel, Breeders’ Cup President and CEO. “We also greatly appreciate the cooperation and support from the tracks hosting our Challenge races and the commitment from our presenting sponsor America’s Best Racing.”

“The Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series gives our viewers the crucial opportunity to see the world’s top horses throughout the summer before they meet at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships in November,” said Jon Miller, President of Programming, NBC Sports Group. “We’re excited to once again bring the series to viewers nationwide.”

As announced on Monday, April 9, four Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” races from the Royal Ascot meeting in Great Britain on June 19-23 will also be televised live and streamed by NBC Sports Group.

Below is the 2018 “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In” schedule on NBC and NBCSN. Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series races are listed in bold. (All Times Eastern)

The schedule is also available online here.

Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In”

2018 Schedule

All Times Eastern

*Denotes non-Challenge Race

Schedule Subject to Change

Date Network Event Track Challenge/Division
Saturday NBCSN Metropolitan Mile Belmont Park Las Vegas Dirt Mile
June 9 Ogden Phipps H. Longines Distaff
3-5 p.m. Jaipur S. Turf Sprint
Saturday NBCSN Stephen Foster Churchill Downs Classic
June 16 Fleur De Lis Longines Distaff
8:30-10 p.m. Breeders’ Cup Challenge

at Churchill Downs

Saturday NBC Belmont Oaks* Belmont Park F/M Turf
July 7 Belmont Sprint Championship TwinSpires Sprint
4:30-6 p.m. Suburban H.* Classic  Division
Sunday NBC Haskell Invitational Monmouth Park Classic
July 29
5-6 p.m.
Saturday NBCSN Whitney H. Saratoga Racecourse Classic
August 4 Test S.* F/M Sprint Division
5-6 p.m. Summer at Saratoga
Saturday NBCSN Arlington Million Arlington Park Longines Turf
August 11 Beverly D. F/M Turf
6-7:30 p.m.
Saturday NBC Travers S.* Saratoga Racecourse Classic
August 25 Sword Dancer S. Longines Turf
4-6 p.m. TBD #WinandYoureIn Stakes TBD
Summer at Saratoga
Saturday NBCSN Woodward S.* Saratoga Racecourse Classic
September 1 Spinaway S. 14 Hands Winery Juvenile Filllies
5:30-7 p.m. Summer at Saratoga
Saturday NBCSN Super Saturday from Santa Anita Santa Anita TBD
September 29 Awesome Again Classic
7-9 p.m.
Saturday NBC Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity Keeneland Racecourse Sentient Jet Juvenile
October 6 Shadwell Mile Mile
4:30-6 p.m. TBD Belmont Park TBD
Sunday NBC Dixiana Bourbon S. Keeneland Racecourse Juvenile Turf
October 7 Juddmonte Spinster S. Longines Distaff
4:30-6 p.m. TBD Stakes

The complete 2018 Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series schedule will be released on Wednesday, April 11.

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